Happy spring to you and yours! There are TONS of events and activities coming up at First Unitarian in the month of April, so please be sure to check out this month's edition of The Beacon!
The April issue contains all kinds of church news, as well as:
Added by Michael McKee on March 28, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Masonry restoration soon to reach new heights!
I am thrilled to report that the next phase of the Preservation Project is about to begin.
Scaffolding will rise from the roof of the…Continue
Added by Lora Thornburg on March 25, 2013 at 1:40pm — No Comments
A Celebration of Life!
Champagne, Desserts, Friendship & Merriment Guaranteed
Join us at 10pm on April 8 at the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia for a Celebration of Life remembering Desiree Hines. THIS IS A CELEBRATION! Wear your happiest of spring colors and be prepared to party.…
Added by Former Settled Minister on March 21, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments
My fellow Unitarian Universalist, …
Added by Michael McKee on March 21, 2013 at 9:56am — No Comments
Added by Caroline Winschel on March 19, 2013 at 9:26pm — No Comments
With 4 days left in our Stewardship Campaign, we're starting to see some real progress: together, we've pledged more than $140,000 towards our 2013–2014 church year.
Almost a third of that amount was pledged in the past week alone: a generous anonymous donor promised to pledge $100 for every new pledge that came in between March 10 and March 16. Galvanized by this offer, 53 people submitted their pledge cards last week, committing a…
Added by Caroline Winschel on March 19, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments
Can't get enough Unitarian Universalism? Want to learn from the ministry of other UU churches so you can help our congregation and denomination grow? Want to meet hundreds of amazing people all wearing chalice necklaces or t-shirts?
Register for the 2013 Joseph Priestley District Assembly today! This annual assembly brings together Unitarian Universalists from across the district (PA, DE, MD, DC, VA) who are interested in learning new ways to live out and grow…Continue
Added by Ranwa Hammamy on March 15, 2013 at 12:00am — No Comments
A few months ago, about a dozen members and friends of First U gathered over three weeks in the Shared Ministry Suite to share, to learn, and to express their frustration and anger over what was unanimously considered to be a powerful and ground-breaking book: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. In recent weeks, the issue of mass incarceration…Continue
Added by Lee Paczulla on March 13, 2013 at 1:13pm — No Comments
NATALIE JOY (STEIN) PERKINS, died suddenly on February 13, 2013 at age 57.
A graduate of Lower Merion High School, New York University and the New School for Social Research, Natalie was the beloved daughter of the late Anna and Martin Stein. She is survived by her husband Gary Perkins, sister Carol Stein, and cousins Mimi Lenenberg, Joseph, Richard, Ruth and Fredi…Continue
Added by Former Settled Minister on March 12, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments
Added by Caroline Winschel on March 11, 2013 at 1:05pm — No Comments
As of Friday, March 10, we've collectively pledged $91,695 towards our 2013–2014 church year. We still have a ways to go to reach our $200,000 goal by Sunday, March 24, but more than one hundred members of our church family have yet to pledge. We can do it!
An anonymous donor has promised to pledge $100 for every new pledge that comes in before 4 PM on Saturday, March 16. In other words, your pledge--of any amount!--will automatically…Continue
Added by Caroline Winschel on March 11, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments
First U's 3rd Annual Holiday Book Drive was a resounding success, thanks to abundant donations from members and friends of our congregation, and to the work of our fantastic book drive coordinator, Bijan Makarechi. The Andrew Jackson Elementary school library and classrooms will receive a total of 120 books donated by First U --Continue
Added by Lee Paczulla on March 6, 2013 at 5:12pm — No Comments
Dear Members and Friends of the First Unitarian Church,
I hope this note finds you healthy and happy. I certainly am – the last six months have been the most peaceful and productive time in my life. I'm deeply grateful to everyone who helped make this possible. I’ve come to believe that if everyone received a sabbatical there would be world peace!
I am particularly…
Added by Former Settled Minister on March 4, 2013 at 11:00pm — No Comments
Added by Caroline Winschel on March 3, 2013 at 5:11pm — No Comments
Just like the tiny cuttings that have flourished in Rachel's windowless office, we know that our community can do great things even in adversity. As we welcome back Reverend Nate for the final seventeen months of his tenure, let's commit to pledging $200,000 together for the 2013–2014 church year.
With just three weeks left in our Stewardship Campaign, more than a quarter of our members and friends have together pledged $75,507. If you haven't yet pledged, you're not…Continue
Added by Caroline Winschel on March 3, 2013 at 5:04pm — No Comments
(Text for those who like to read!)
Life is a blessing. Part of the joy of being human is being able to at least partially appreciate the miraculous beauty that is inherent in our world, and the holiness found in all of creation. Part of the joy of being human is having the ability to relate in such nuanced ways, especially to other people. But with that…
Added by Ranwa Hammamy on March 1, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments
When the world is in chaos, we can return to our center and maintain a sense of calm in a sea of unrest. If we allow ourselves to be thrown off by every piece of disturbing news that comes our way, we may be relying too much on our emotions. When our feelings and thoughts activate each other in a hectic way, we become caught up in the confusion that surrounds us. However, locating the stillness at the center…Continue
Added by Rev. Addae Ama Kraba on March 1, 2013 at 12:30am — No Comments